A Polk County detainee broke a jail deputy's nose during a disturbance this morning in a cell, the sheriff's office said.
According to an affidavit, about 7:15 a.m., Detention Deputy Julian Hodge entered the cell holding Manuel Santiago Muniz, 29, of Lakeland at the South County Jail in Frostproof. Muniz, who is being held on an attempted murder charge, had covered up the cell light, which inmates are not allowed to do, the affidavit said.
When Hodge went into the cell, Muniz jumped on a table and yelled that Hodge was not going to touch the lights. Muniz then pushed the deputy, who responded by spraying the inmate with an agency-issued chemical agent. Muniz then punched Hodge in the face, breaking his nose, the affidavit said.
Additional detention deputies responded to the cell to help Hodge subdue Muniz. Hodge was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Muniz has been charged with battery on a law-enforcement officer.
This is not the first time Muniz has been charged in a jail assault. In June, Muniz spit in the face of and attacked a psychiatrist during a medical evaluation after the doctor said he did not see a need for Muniz to be on a certain mediation, the sheriff's office said. Muniz was then charged with battery on officer, firefighter, EMT, etc.
Muniz was transferred to the Polk County Jail on May 2, from Hillsborough County, where he was arrested on a Lakeland Police warrant for attempted murder.